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VOL. 5, NO. 214

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Defence pact with Sri Lanka cleared
Ktimes, November 5. NEW DELHI — India and Sri Lanka have agreed "in principle" to enter into a defence cooperation pact following talks between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Indian leaders here yesterday, official sources said. The proposed agreement, which has been under negotiation for some time, is viewed with suspicion by the island's Tamil Tiger guerrillas, who feel that it would embolden Colombo to seek a military solution to the protracted ethnic conflict, instead of searching for a peaceful solution. "The timing for signing the agreement will be decided later," one source said. Kumaratunga, who is here on a four-day visit, held talks with Dr Singh at his official residence. The prime minister hosted a luncheon in honour of Kumaratunga, who is visiting New Delhi for the first time since he took office in May. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar and Power and Energy Minister Sushil Premaajayantha are accompanying the president. External Affairs Minister K. Natwar Singh called on Kumaratunga at her hotel suite before her meeting with Dr Singh. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani will also call on the visiting dignitary. More...
Published: Fri Nov 5 21:45:56 EST 2004

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Norway says Sri Lanka peace hopes dim, offers exit
AFP-Yahoo, November 5. COLOMBO (AFP) - Peace broker Norway said it would ask Sri Lanka's feuding parties if they wanted to resume talks as Tamil Tiger rebels warned foreign aid donors not to interfere in the faltering peace process. The Norwegian embassy said Foreign Minister Jan Petersen would arrive in the island next week for talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the top Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran on taking the process forward."The purpose is to hear from the parties how they intend to proceed in order to improve respect for the ceasefire agreement, and whether they wish to move towards resuming negotiations," the embassy statement said on Thursday. More...
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India, Lanka to ink defence pact soon
TOI, November 5. NEW DELHI: India and Sri Lanka will soon sign a wide-ranging defence cooperation pact to boost military ties, intelligence sharing, joint exercises and training between the two nations. Significantly, India will help Sri Lanka with surveillance of its maritime boundaries, apart from joint patrolling of the Palk Straits, as also provide easy access to military hardware and software under the agreement, say defence ministry sources. The pact is being seen as part of India's strategy to counter Pakistan's attempts to gain a major foothold into the island nation through military assistance. More...
Published: Fri Nov 5 21:43:20 EST 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Peace Talks May Not Resume, Norwegian Minister Says, Nov. 5 . Norway, which brokered a cease-fire that halted Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war, isn't confident peace talks will resume between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's president and Indian leaders discuss economic, defense ties
Associated Press, Thu November 4, 2004 09:57 EST . ASHOK SHARMA - Associated Press Writer - NEW DELHI (AP) The leaders of Sri Lanka - and India on Thursday discussed Sri Lanka - 's fragile peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels and Indian military assistance to the island nation, a foreign ministry spokesman said... Back to the top

Tamil businessman fatally shot in suspected Tamil Tiger attack
Associated Press, Fri November 5, 2004 01:26 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels have fatally shot a member of a rival Tamil group that supports a united Sri Lanka - , police said Friday... Back to the top

Lankan Muslim sect attacked for spreading Hindu ideas, November 05, 2004, 18:15EDT. Life in the Muslim stronghold of Katthankudy in eastern Sri Lanka was brought to a standstill for five days recently as the orthodox Jamiat- ul-Ulema indulged in violent protests against a "Sufi" group, which was allegedly spreading "Hindu" ideas... Back to the top

Japan pledges 243 mln USD to Sri Lanka, November 05, 2004, 06:15EDT. COLOMBO, Nov. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka will receive a preferential loan of 25 billion Rupees (243 million US dollars) from Japan to promote its economic development and peace building, the official newspaper Daily News said Friday. This "highly concessionary" loan, which comes with a 10 year grace period and a 40 year repayment period at an annual interest of 0.75 percent, will cover three development projects to be implemented under the government's economic development initiatives, the paper said... Back to the top

Top Tiger returns home amid fresh bid to salvage Sri Lanka peace ..., 5 November 2004. COLOMBO - The London-based chief negotiator of the Tamil Tiger rebels is slated to return home ahead of Norway’s planned fresh bid to salvage the island’s stumbling peace process, official sources said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka deploys more police in Colombo among increasing violence, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri November 5, 2004 13:36 EST . - - xfdws SRI-LANKA - -DEPLOYS sked Sri Lanka - deploys more police in Colombo among increasing violence, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Chandrika meets Manmohan Singh, November 04, 2004, 15:20 EDT. New Delhi, Nov. 4. (PTI): India and Sri Lanka today discussed prospects of cooperation in defence and fisheries as visiting President Chandrika Kumaratunga briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders on recent developments in the peace process in the island nation... Back to the top

Tobacco control legislations soon
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 4, 2004, 10.40 p.m.. With an aim to reduce the number of tobacco related deaths and sicknesses, the Sri Lankan Government will enforce strict legislation on Tobacco control shortly... Back to the top

Norway's foreign minister to meet top Tiger rebel chief to salvage Sri Lanka 's peace process
Associated Press, Thu November 4, 2004 07:25 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norway's foreign minister and the Tamil Tiger rebels' reclusive leader will meet next week in another attempt to salvage Sri Lanka - 's faltering peace process, officials said Thursday... Back to the top

Japan nudges Sri Lanka 's peace process with soft loan+
Associated Press, Thu November 4, 2004 09:37 EST . - - COLOMBO, Nov. 2 (Kyodo) Japan gave new impetus Thursday to Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace process with a 27 billion yen (about $254 million) soft loan, urging strict adherence to the ongoing cease-fire which has held since February 2002. Suda's statement came at the end of a weeklong visit by Japan's special peace envoy for Sri Lanka - , Yasushi Akashi... Back to the top

World ; India-Sri Lanka defence pact may spark war: Tamil MP, November 04, 06:30 EDT. World News, Colombo,A Tamil member of parliament has warned that the proposed military pact between India and Sri Lanka might tempt the latter to restart the war against Tamil Tiger guerrillas... Back to the top

U.S. official cancels visit to Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu November 4, 2004 00:53 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has canceled a planned visit to Sri Lanka - next week because of ``unexpected change in travel plans,'' the U... Back to the top

LTTE’s abduction attempt fails
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 4, 2004, 8.17 p.m.. An LTTE attempt to abduct two civilians including a female was foiled by police yesterday in Batticaloa... Back to the top

LTTE warns foreign donors, November 04, 2004 )6:30EDT. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday warned foreign donors not to "stipulate parameters" for a political solution to the island's drawn out ethnic conflict... Back to the top

LTTE is dragging peace process: Lankan Tamil minister, November 04, 06:30 EDT. He has survived ten attempts on his life and continues to be on the LTTE's hit list... Back to the top

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